Is three Marans enough to breed?

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by Jashdon, Aug 9, 2008.

  1. Jashdon

    Jashdon Songster

    Mar 29, 2008
    Snohomish, WA
    We have two hens and a beautiful rooster and I was hoping to breed them to grow my Marans flock. Are two hens and a rooster enough? How many generations can I hatch out before inbreeding becomes a problems?
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2008
  2. Kanchii

    Kanchii Songster

    Of course, a trio is a normal small sized breeding flock. And since you can collect eggs for a full 14 days before they start losing their hatchability you can collect a good amount of eggs before putting them in the incubator. Breeding siblings isn't a big deal unless you do it for many generations.
  3. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    My biggest concern would be knowing the lineage you have with your trio. If they were related, and if they are, how many generations they were linebred. If they are not related then you have a lot of room, if they are it can get tricky knowing how many more times you can do it without serious problems. Good luck!

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